IRS says it's unable to recover subpoenaed Lerner e-mails in computer crash
June 14th, 2014
04:39 PM ET
4 months ago

IRS says it's unable to recover subpoenaed Lerner e-mails in computer crash

(CNN) – Republican lawmakers are slamming the Internal Revenue Service, with one calling for an immediate investigation, after the agency notified Congress Friday that it was unable to recover former official Lois Lerner’s e-mails from January 2009 to April 2011 because of a computer crash.

The agency made the disclosure in a letter sent to Congressional investigators Friday afternoon, according a statement from Rep. Charles Boustany Jr., R-Louisiana.
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Filed under: Darrell Issa • Dave Camp • IRS • Orrin Hatch • Ron Wyden
Government to revise proposed regulations on controversial tax-exempt groups
May 22nd, 2014
06:08 PM ET
4 months ago

Government to revise proposed regulations on controversial tax-exempt groups

Washington (CNN) – The IRS and Treasury Department are going to revamp proposed regulations regarding the controversial advocacy groups and how much politics they should be allowed to do and still keep their tax-exempt status.

After the government last November proposed new regulations for these groups, known by their tax status as 501c4s, the IRS received over 150,000 comments – the most ever received on a possible tax regulation change officials said.

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GOP-led House votes to hold former IRS official in contempt
May 7th, 2014
07:19 PM ET
5 months ago

GOP-led House votes to hold former IRS official in contempt

(CNN) - Acting on a conservative battle cry and potentially triggering a court battle with the Obama administration, the Republican-led House voted Wednesday to hold former IRS official Lois Lerner in contempt of Congress for refusing to answer questions about her agency's targeting of conservative and other groups.

The 231-187 vote fell almost entirely along party lines, a decision that cut across three sharp divides: balance of power issues between the branches of government, political questions over the IRS scandal, and a Constitutional debate over Lerner's individual Fifth Amendment rights.

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Filed under: House Republicans • IRS
Delinquent IRS employees paid bonuses by the agency
April 23rd, 2014
11:04 AM ET
5 months ago

Delinquent IRS employees paid bonuses by the agency

New York (CNNMoney) – The IRS is in damage control mode Tuesday after an audit revealed that it paid bonuses to employees who were in trouble over tax issues themselves.

More than $2.8 million, plus thousands of hours of paid time-off, were doled out over two years to employees who had recently been disciplined for various types of misconduct, according to an audit report. About $1 million of that money was given as bonuses to 1,100 employees who were in trouble over tax related issues.

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Filed under: CNNMoney.com • IRS
April 13th, 2014
04:20 PM ET
6 months ago

Sunday Chatter: The midterms, Sebelius' legacy and Burwell's future

The Sunday political talk shows waded into controversial territory. Missed them? We've got you covered with the most important parts of Sunday’s political chatter.

2014: Sitting side by side on CNN’s “State of the Union” - a rarity these days on political shows, where members of opposing parties often appear during different segments to talk about the same topics - Rep. Steve Israel, chairman of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, and Rep. Greg Walden, chairman of the National Republican Congressional Committee, addressed the challenges they both face in the upcoming midterm elections.

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Filed under: DCCC • IRS • Kathleen Sebelius • NRCC • Obamacare • Rand Paul • Sylvia Mathews Burwell • Ukraine • Uncategorized • Vance McAllister • Vladimir Putin
House Republicans vote to hold former IRS official in contempt
April 10th, 2014
01:04 PM ET
6 months ago

House Republicans vote to hold former IRS official in contempt

Washington (CNN) – The Republican-led House Oversight Committee voted 21-12 Thursday to charge former IRS official Lois Lerner with contempt of Congress for refusing to answer questions about the agency's targeting of conservative and other groups. The vote sets up a full debate on the House floor, followed by possible court battle over the Fifth Amendment and a potential standoff with the Justice Department.

"This is not something that I take lightly,” said Oversight Chairman Darrell Issa of California. “We cannot tell the American people we have done all we can do to get to the truth in this investigation if we give a pass to a critical witness like Ms. Lerner.”
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Filed under: Congress • IRS
April 9th, 2014
04:30 PM ET
6 months ago

Republicans on key House committee ask for former IRS official to be prosecuted

Washington (CNN) -- House Republicans took two significant swings at former IRS official Lois Lerner on Wednesday, voting to refer her to the Justice Department for criminal prosecution and releasing previously confidential documents related to her role in the tax agency’s targeting of conservative groups.

Those documents indicate she paid specific attention to the Karl Rove-founded group Crossroads GPS and at one point mentioned or joked about taking a job with the pro-Obama group Organizing for America.

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Filed under: House Republicans • IRS • Sander Levin
Darrell Issa's Democratic counterpart: You're pulling a McCarthy in IRS case
April 9th, 2014
12:31 AM ET
6 months ago

Darrell Issa's Democratic counterpart: You're pulling a McCarthy in IRS case

(CNN) - When it comes to insults and accusations in modern politics, few things are worse than being compared to Sen. Joseph McCarthy, whose unsubstantiated accusations in the 1950s against Americans he suspected of communism are widely seen as one of the darkest times in congressional history.

Now, ahead of a House Oversight Committee vote Thursday to hold former IRS official Lois Lerner in contempt, the committee's top Democrat, Elijah Cummings, D-Maryland, is accusing Chairman Darrell Issa, R-California, of engaging in McCarthyism.

And he's releasing a congressional study that he says proves it.

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Filed under: Darrell Issa • House • House of Representatives • House Republicans • IRS
House panel to consider holding ex-IRS official in contempt
April 3rd, 2014
01:43 PM ET
6 months ago

House panel to consider holding ex-IRS official in contempt

(CNN) - The House Oversight Committee plans to vote next Thursday on whether to hold a former Internal Revenue Service official in contempt of Congress for refusing to testify about the agency's alleged targeting of conservative groups seeking tax-exempt status, its chairman, U.S. Rep. Darrell Issa, said.

The official is Lois Lerner, the former IRS director of tax-exempt organizations, Lerner retired last year after being placed on administrative leave by the IRS after she said the IRS applied extra scrutiny to both conservative and liberal political groups seeking tax-exempt status between 2010 and 2012.

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Filed under: House • IRS
IRS agrees to hand over emails to Issa
March 26th, 2014
02:46 PM ET
6 months ago

IRS agrees to hand over emails to Issa

(CNN) - Following heated exchanges with House Republicans, IRS Commissioner John Koskinen on Wednesday told a congressional committee that he will hand over all of the emails of Lois Lerner, the former IRS official under investigation for the agency's targeting of conservative groups.

But Koskinen also told frustrated Republicans that producing all the documents the committee wants will take "years," indicating that the matter is far from settled.

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Filed under: Darrell Issa • IRS
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